Friday, May 21, 2010

Dial “L” for Listverse

Pop culture sponge and esteemed mystery novelist Bill Crider has a link to an interesting list of “Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels”…but what caught my eye was a pair of equally intriguing lineups at the Listverse website:

This one is called “10 Films You Haven’t Seen But Should”—though in my case, that title needs to be changed to “9 Films” because I have seen Le mari de la coiffeuse (1990; aka The Hairdresser’s Husband). (For the record, I didn’t care for it.) I have heard good things about a few of the other features tabbed in the tally, notably The Quiet Earth (1985).

“Top 10 Hitchcock Movies” is admittedly more my meat—though I would disagree with two of the films on the list: Dial M for Murder (1954) and Rebecca (1940). Sure, Rebecca is a great movie…but it’s more of a Selznick film than Hitchcock. (And Dial M for Murder? You’d put that on a Top 10 before, say, Foreign Correspondent [1940]?) Besides, any list that ignores his British period—leaving off worthy candidates like The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), not to mention Sabotage (1936) and Young and Innocent (1937)—is a bit suspect.

But that’s the fun of Top Ten lists…your mileage, as always, may vary.

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Bill Crider said...

I enjoy Top 10 lists because of the discussion they provoke. In this case, I agree wholeheartedly about DIAL M FOR MURDER.

jnpickens said...

I agree with you. When you talk to the average Joe about Hitchcock they say, "Oh I love Rear Window, Notorious and The Birds." Its funny to see the confused faces when you mention how much you like "Strangers on a Train" or "Shadow of a Doubt" and God forbid if you mention the English movies!

I saw a really interesting one of Hitchcock's called "Rich and Strange" (1931). Its actually not too much of a mystery. Its a pretty typical early 30's movie where people go from poor to rich and then start cheating on their spouse, but the end has a really interesting twist. I suggest it if you haven't seen it :)